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Merry Christmas!

December 24th, 2018 (10:52 am)

Chocolate and cheese Advent Calendars, both empty...

Merry Christmas everybody!!


Today's a mega-cooking day but, since they're Christmassy, I thought I'd belatedly do the Friday Five.

1. Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas – which one do you use?

"Merry Christmas."

Though I have been known to make cards that say 'Season's Greetings'. Just for a change.

When I lived in Nottingham, there was an interesting left wing bookshop which, at Christmas, had a basement filled with Christmas paraphernalia -- cards, wrapping paper, decorations -- but not a single thing said the word 'Christmas'. I honestly found that hypocritical.

2. Do you own an ugly Christmas sweater?

No, I own a very nice Christmas sweater.

I've only worn it once, on a trip to Cromford Mill for my birthday, because it's very warm and, if the temperature isn't several degrees below zero, I'm too hot in it.

3. Do you celebrate the Winter Solstice?


I love the way Christmas combines the Christian and the... 'pagan', for want of a better word, though I understand that our more 'pagan' Christmas traditions bear little or no relationship to genuine pre-Christian beliefs, and were either invented or cherry-picked from elsewhere by the Victorians. Excess, though, and celebrating the twelve days of Christmas, is traditional, and I'm all for a bit of excess!

As far as the days getting longer goes, I much prefer to walk about in the dark, when everything is lit by street lights and the light from shop windows. So the thought that nights are now getting lighter again doesn't cheer me.

4. Now that you are ‘in the know,’ what would you leave out for St. Nick on the 24th?

If there were children in the house, we would leave out chocolate for me Santa, and carrots for the reindeer.

Looking back to my own toddlerhood, I thought that there were lots of Father Christmases, and that they each delivered presents in their own area. That was because my paternal Grandma -- who was so like me, right down to the annoying blonde eyebrows -- loved Christmas, and used to take me to see every Father Christmas she could find. We would go into Manchester and tour the big department stores -- Lewis's, Pauldens and Kendals -- visiting Santa's Grotto in each one, and I would come home with a massive haul of presents. I particularly remember getting an abacus. I didn't know what it was, or how to use it, but I must have played for hours sliding the shiny wooden beads back and forth.

I once asked my Mum whether it would be the Father Christmas from Lewis's or the tall, thin one from Pauldens that would deliver my presents. I can't remember what she said!

5. Tired of the snow and icky weather yet?

We haven't had any snow, nor any particularly icky weather yet.


Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: December 24th, 2018 03:18 pm (UTC)

Do you have to keep your cheese advent in the fridge? It sounds interesting.

Have a good one - although you started early with Christmas didn’t you :)

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 24th, 2018 07:57 pm (UTC)

Yes, you have to keep the cheese Advent Calendar in the fridge. I enjoyed it. Every day there was a little vacuum-packed cheese -- Applewood, Edam, Cheddar, Wensleydale with Cranberries, Red Leicester, and, just for today, Wensleydale with Gingerbread! Plus some amazingly corny cheese jokes.

And you!

(Yes, this is my second, which is a really weird feeling ;-)

Posted by: brutti_ma_buoni (brutti_ma_buoni)
Posted at: December 24th, 2018 10:08 pm (UTC)

Heh. I love logical small-you working out a whole new theory of Father Christmas on the available evidence.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 27th, 2018 10:14 am (UTC)

It's me in a nutshell, really. I can see it's a silly idea but I trust what I'm being told & find a way to make it work ;-)

Posted by: Maz (thismaz)
Posted at: December 25th, 2018 10:09 am (UTC)

Merry Christmas!

I love the idea of multiple Father Christmases, each with his own beat, like the postman.

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 27th, 2018 10:14 am (UTC)

Hope you had a good one!

It would make the task a lot easier!

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: December 26th, 2018 06:05 pm (UTC)

A cheese one? Was it good?

My answer to question four would've been something smart about us Swedes celebrating on the 24th, so if I left something for Santa that evening he wouldn't get it... :P

Happy Holidays!

Posted by: ningloreth (ningloreth)
Posted at: December 27th, 2018 10:16 am (UTC)

The cheese one was brilliant!

Swedes celebrating on the 24th

How does that work? Does Santa come the night before?

Hope you had a good Christmas, whichever day!

Posted by: Ree (reetinkerbell)
Posted at: December 27th, 2018 01:43 pm (UTC)

Yeah! A lot of European countries celebrate on the 24th; ok, maybe "a lot" is pushing it, but it's not totally unheard of (Poland celebrate on the 24th apparently!). Which is why I have always been annoyed with US Christmas movies that show Santa delivering all the presents on the night between the 24th and the 25th, because the writers have obviously not done their homework!

I did, thank you. This year we started celebrating on the 23rd, as my mother was going away. So we celebrated on the 23rd with everyone at her place and then on the 24th at my sister's. Some years we celebrate on the 24th and 25th or just the 25th, depending on when my older sister has her children, as she co-parents and they alternate years. And if I visit my oldest sister close to Christmas, that's like another celebration too; if I visit closer to New Years (as I will this year) then we don't really count it as such, mostly because all the Christmas food is gone! :P

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